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Man dies after falling from ledge during Bears-Eagles game [Updated]

November 29, 2010 | 10:27 am

Fall_300 A week after a 2-year-old fell to his death at Staples Center after a Lakers game, a similar tragedy occurred during the Chicago Bears-Philadelphia Eagles game Sunday in Chicago.

Stuart Haverty, 23, of suburban Woodstock was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after falling from a ledge at Soldier Field, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said.

According to witnesses, Haverty ran to the ledge and jumped. Chicago Fire Chief Joe Roccasalva said Haverty landed on a small rooftop on the outside of the stadium.

[Updated at 1:47 p.m.: Police would neither confirm nor deny the witness reports. Soldier Field spokesman Luca Serra called Haverty's death "a tragic, unfortunate accident."

[For the record at 1:47 p.m.: A previous version of this post gave the victim's name as Stewart Haverty. Family members say his first name was spelled Stuart.]

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Police stand in a taped off section outside Soldier Field after a man fell to his death during the Chicago Bears-Philadelphia Eagles game Sunday. Credit: Suzanne Tennant / Associated Press